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One who provides an oral translation for people who do not speak the same language, or a machine that performs the same function.

Patient care

The Joint Commission recommends that access to competent, culturally sensitive interpreters be a standard of care for everyone seeking health care.

Synonym: translator (2)
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The IU Group of companies include: Interpreters Unlimited, Accessible Communication for the Deaf, Albors & Alnet, Arkansas Spanish Interpreters and Translators, and IU GlobeLink, LLC, and are headquartered in San Diego, California as a minority-owned company.
"No one disputes that interpreter services are necessary to assist a criminal defendant who does not speak English during legal proceedings," wrote Court of Appeals Chief Judge Edward Cleary for the unanimous panel that also included Judge Jill Halbrooks and Judge John Rodenberg.
On the last workday before the trip, the Interpreter was interpreting (what else?) for an old patient, even older than himself.
of Afghan interpreters, who served alongside British
House, are reconsidering a subpoena to the interpreter to learn what was said.
In a medical setting, even a certified medical interpreter could need additional training to work with an speech-language pathologist.
In 2004, after a Pennsylvania Supreme Court study on racial and gender bias in the courts, the state created an interpreter certification program in the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts to improve court access for people with limited English proficiency.
"Using trained interpreters has been shown to lower readmissions and limits the possibility of patient misunderstanding, physician misdiagnosis or mistreatment," Brenner said in a statement.
These include the knowledge of the interpreter, knowledge of the audience, and effective techniques and methods (Lacome, 2002).
She added: "My work is mainly situated in Dumfries and Galloway which means there are times when I may need an interpreter to help me.
Selecting an Appropriate Interpreter once specific interpretation needs are determined, the practitioner should immediately start looking for appropriate interpreters.